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Iran: Worker poll puts reformist presidential candidate ahead




Tehran, 9 April (AKI) - The majority of Iranian workers will vote for leading reformist candidate Mir-Hossein Moussavi in June's presidential election in Iran according to a survey published on Thursday by the Iranian Labour News Agency. The new agency is considered close to the country's reformist movement.

Moussavi (photo), a former Iranian prime minister, would take 52 percent of workers' votes in the 12 June election, easily beating Iran's current hardline president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who would take 36 percent, according to the survey.

The survey was carried out in late March by the Worker's Statistical Institute.

Iran's former parliament speaker and veteran of Iran's 1979 revolution, Mehdi Karroubi, would come third, with 8 percent of workers' votes, according to the survey.

Most Iranian workers intend to elect a government that is able to solve the economic woes of the middle-to-low income groups. Unemployment and inflation emerge as the problems that voters want a new government to tackle most urgently, the survey showed.

The exact number of official presidential candidates contesting the June poll has not yet been announced.

Moussavi and Ahmadinejad are currently considered the favourites, but the former interior minister in ex-president Mohammad Khatami's first reformist government, Abdollah Nuri, could also run.

During Khatami's presidency from 1997-2005, Iran's relations with the United States improved marginally and he encouraged athletic and cultural exchanges between the two countries.

Khatami - a moderate cleric - last month withdrew his candidacy for the presidency. He did not state a reason for pulling out, but some sources said it was to enable reformists to present a united front.




 

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